Wisdom Teeth Extractions – Kent, WA
Safely & Gently Removing Problematic Third Molars
The wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, are usually the last teeth to come in, erupting in the late teens and early twenties. In some people, these teeth cause no problems, but in many others, they can lead to severe oral health issues unless they are not removed. If you or your child are experiencing pain in the back of the mouth or jaw, then problematic wisdom teeth might be to blame. At Kent Dental Clinic, our team has the training to perform safe, gentle wisdom teeth extractions in Kent without having to refer patients to an unfamiliar specialist. Contact us today to learn more!
Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?
Most people simply do not have enough room in the jaw to accommodate wisdom teeth. As a result, these molars can become impacted, or stuck, in the gums since there is not a clear path for them to erupt. They often push against the gums and teeth, causing consistent pain toward the back of the jaw. Additionally, these teeth can come in at awkward angles – sometimes even sideways! Left untreated, they can push other teeth out of alignment and even lead to infections. Rather than letting it get that far, we’ll typically recommend a wisdom teeth removal in Kent at the first sign of trouble.
What Can I Expect During a Wisdom Teeth Extraction?
Unlike many general dentists, we can perform many oral surgery procedures like wisdom teeth extractions right here in our office. This saves you time, money, and the stress of getting dental work done from a doctor you barely even know. You can stay right here with our trusted team throughout the whole process!
In most cases, you’ll be given sedation to help you relax before and during the procedure. Once your mouth is numb and you’re sufficiently sedated, we make incisions in your gums to access the wisdom teeth. If the teeth are impacted, we may need to break up the teeth and some of the surrounding bone into smaller pieces and remove them one at a time. Then, the site is cleaned, the wound is stitched up, and gauze pads are placed over the area to control bleeding and help with blood clotting.
Of course, you probably won’t remember much of the procedure itself. That’s why we recommend that a friend or family member drive you to and from your appointment. We’ll also explain your aftercare instructions to them.
Caring for Your Mouth After a Wisdom Teeth Extraction
We’ll provide you with a set of guidelines for wisdom tooth recovery, but here is a basic outline of what that might look like:
- Change out the gauze pads we placed over the extraction sites every 30 minutes or so for the next several hours.
- Spend the rest of the day resting. Patients can often return to work the next day, but strenuous exercise should be avoided for the next week.
- Drink plenty of water, but do NOT use a straw. It could dislodge the forming blood clot, delaying healing and causing extreme pain.
- Eat soft foods and avoid anything hot or spicy for the first two or three days.
- Take any prescribed painkillers or antibiotics as directed.
- For the first week, rinse your mouth with warm saltwater after every meal and every couple of hours. However, do NOT spit forcefully.
- Be careful when brushing near the extraction site.
- Refrain from smoking, chewing tobacco, and drinking caffeinated, sugary, and alcoholic beverages for the first several days.